The Ollech & Wajs Astrochron S is a surprisingly cool chronograph that runs an Automatic Valjoux 7753. The watch itself is based on a 1968 model of the same name. The company claims this watch was used often by actual rocket scientists:

Perhaps it was inevitable that NASA’s most prestigious scientists would be amongst the elite professionals that used the Astrochron’s various dials and scales (Chief Rocket Scientist – Wernher von Braun amongst them). Engineers, sportsmen, commercial and military divers, pilots and ships officers were also fast to appreciate the value of such a rugged and water-resistant precision timing instrument.

Von Braun connections or no, you’re basically getting a solid automatic chronograph with compass bezel and an interesting regatta-style countdown minutes dial at 3 o’clock. The watch will cost $2,500 when it goes on sale on March 10.

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Last Update: February 28, 2023